January 2021 Board Meeting
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
January 25, 2021
The Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Newberry Electric Cooperative, Inc. was held in the Newberry Electric Cooperative, Inc. Boardroom located in Newberry County, State of South Carolina on Monday, January 25, 2021 at 6:30 pm. Chairman Johnnie L. Dickert presided. Trustee Melanie Hawkins attended by Webex.
After the call to order, invocation, and establishing all members were present, Staff members Arthur Guy, Leann Hutto, Debra Shaw, Stephanie Sullivan, and Nick Shealy gave a 2020 review of their departments. The reviews explained the what happened in their departments and how they are dealing with Covid-19.
The Board dispensed with the reading of the minutes of the December 2020 Board Meeting. A motion was made by Trustee Lominick to accept the minutes as emailed. The motion was seconded and passed without opposition.
Finance Committee Chairman John W. Nichols reported that the Finance Committee met on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. All members were present, and they are submitting the finance report as information. The consensus of the Board was to accept the report.
Attorney Pope stated that he did not have an Attorney Report at this time.
President and CEO Avery reviewed his activity and meetings for the month. He stated that Newberry Electric is planning on having an Annual Meeting this year. The committees are meeting to prepare for the meeting on April 7, 2021.
President Avery reviewed in detail the financial and operational data for December 2020. The amount of write offs for December is $2,558.93. Trustee Hipp made a motion to accept this amount. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
President and CEO Avery reviewed the Engineering and Operations, Operational Support, and IT reports for the month. Nick Shealy and EJ Altman are reviewing the 2021 Work Plan. The installation of service has been completed to the new spec building. KRA is expanding, and NEC is continuing to install fiber to homes.
President Avery asked if any trustee interested in attending the 2021 NRECA PowerXchange (Annual Meeting) to be held virtually during February 23-25 and March 2-4 this year. Several trustees are interested in attending.
President and CEO Avery reviewed a memo from Rob Hochstetler of the 10-year plan to evolve Central Electric. This was accepted as information.
President Avery informed the trustees of an online class that NRECA is offering. The class, Succession Planning: Developing the Purpose-Driven Organization, will be virtual February 16-17, 2021. Several trustees are interested in attending.
President Avery reviewed information on the 2021 Director Conference to he held virtually on March 23-24, 2021. Several trustees are interested in attending.
The ECSC Communications Committee Meeting Minutes were accepted as information.
President Avery reviewed a memo from Rob Hochstetler of Central Electric to appoint delegates for the Central Annual Meeting to be held on March 10, 2021. Trustee Hipp made a motion to appoint Chairman Dickert. The motion was seconded and passed without opposition.
Trustee Craig Kesler was presented with his renewal of his Director Gold certificate from NRECA.
There being no further business and without objections, Chairman Johnnie L. Dickert adjourned the January Regular Board Meeting at 8:45 pm.